Dr Petra Vertes


I am currently an MRC Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at the Brain Mapping Unit (BMU), University of Cambridge.

I am also a co-founder and organizer of the Cambridge Networks Network (CNN): http://www.cnn.group.cam.ac.uk/

After studying theoretical physics I completed a PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, investigating the effect of network topology on pattern recognition in networks of spiking neurons.

My research has since extended to real-world neuronal networks and the study of larger-scale brain networks based on medical neuroimaging data. In particular, I am interested in the structure of brain networks at all scales and how it changes over the course of development, in both health and disease. Insights into these questions are not only fascinating in their own right, but have important implications for our understanding of, and therapeutic approaches to cognitive impairments associated with mental illnesses, brain injury and ageing.

Research Focus


Network Topology




Clinical conditions



Computational modelling



Aaron Alexander-Bloch

Ed Bullmore

Sylvia Richardson

William Schafer

United Kingdom

Tom Duke

Vito Latora

Tom Nichols


Dani Bassett

Associated News Items



Vértes PE, Bullmore ET (2015), “Annual research review: Growth connectomics--the organization and reorganization of brain networks during normal and abnormal development.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 56(3):299-320 Details


Alstott J, Panzarasa P, Rubinov M, Bullmore ET, Vértes PE (2014), “A unifying framework for measuring weighted rich clubs.” Sci Rep 4:7258 Details

Patel AX, Kundu P, Rubinov M, Jones PS, Vértes PE, Ersche KD, Suckling J, Bullmore ET (2014), “A wavelet method for modeling and despiking motion artifacts from resting-state fMRI time series.” Neuroimage 95:287-304 Details

Pavlovic DM, Vértes PE, Bullmore ET, Schafer WR, Nichols TE (2014), “Stochastic Blockmodeling of the Modules and Core of the Caenorhabditis elegans Connectome.” PLoS One 9(7):e97584 Details

Vértes PE, Alexander-Bloch A, Bullmore ET (2014), “Generative models of rich clubs in Hebbian neuronal networks and large-scale human brain networks.” Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 369(1653) Details


Bullmore E, Vértes P (2013), “From Lichtheim to rich club: brain networks and psychiatry.” JAMA Psychiatry 70(8):780-2 Details

Crossley NA, Mechelli A, Vértes PE, Winton-Brown TT, Patel AX, Ginestet CE, McGuire P, Bullmore ET (2013), “Cognitive relevance of the community structure of the human brain functional coactivation network.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(28):11583-8 Details

Jao T, Vértes PE, Alexander-Bloch AF, Tang IN, Yu YC, Chen JH, Bullmore ET (2013), “Volitional eyes opening perturbs brain dynamics and functional connectivity regardless of light input.” Neuroimage 69:21-34 Details

Kundu P, Brenowitz ND, Voon V, Worbe Y, Vértes PE, Inati SJ, Saad ZS, Bandettini PA, Bullmore ET (2013), “Integrated strategy for improving functional connectivity mapping using multiecho fMRI.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(40):16187-92 Details

Nicosia V, Vértes PE, Schafer WR, Latora V, Bullmore ET (2013), “Phase transition in the economically modeled growth of a cellular nervous system.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(19):7880-5 Details

Towlson EK, Vértes PE, Ahnert SE, Schafer WR, Bullmore ET (2013), “The rich club of the C. elegans neuronal connectome.” J Neurosci 33(15):6380-7 Details


Achard S, Delon-Martin C, Vértes PE, Renard F, Schenck M, Schneider F, Heinrich C, Kremer S, Bullmore ET (2012), “Hubs of brain functional networks are radically reorganized in comatose patients.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(50):20608-13 Details

Alexander-Bloch AF, Vértes PE, Stidd R, Lalonde F, Clasen L, Rapoport J, Giedd J, Bullmore ET, Gogtay N (2012), “The Anatomical Distance of Functional Connections Predicts Brain Network Topology in Health and Schizophrenia.” Cereb Cortex Details

Barkóczi B, Juhász G, Averkin RG, Vörös I, Vertes P, Penke B, Szegedi V (2012), “GluA1 phosphorylation alters evoked firing pattern in vivo.” Neural Plast 2012:286215 Details

Nicol RM, Chapman SC, Vértes PE, Nathan PJ, Smith ML, Shtyrov Y, Bullmore ET (2012), “Fast reconfiguration of high-frequency brain networks in response to surprising changes in auditory input.” J Neurophysiol 107(5):1421-30 Details

Vértes PE, Alexander-Bloch AF, Gogtay N, Giedd JN, Rapoport JL, Bullmore ET (2012), “Simple models of human brain functional networks.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(15):5868-73 Details


Vértes PE, Nicol RM, Chapman SC, Watkins NW, Robertson DA, Bullmore ET (2011), “Topological isomorphisms of human brain and financial market networks.” Front Syst Neurosci 5:75 Details


Vertes PE, Duke T (2010), “Effect of network topology on neuronal encoding based on spatiotemporal patterns of spikes.” HFSP J 4(3-4):153-63 Details